Bill aims to reverse DOD per diem cuts
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Apr 18, 2017
Several lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation that would lessen the burden of finding affordable housing while servicemembers are on assignment.
The legislation would repeal a Department of Defense policy change that cut reimbursement rates for military members and civilians on long-term travel.
The policy change included a 25 percent cut to reimbursement rates for travel in excess of 30 days and a 45 percent cut for travel longer than 180 days.
Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee have been working to reverse the cuts.
Sens. Mazie K. Hirono and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee introduced the new legislation.
“Military members and Department of Defense civilians should not have to worry about potential financial burdens and red tape related to travel away from home,” Hirono said in a statement, adding, “This commonsense legislation will continue to allow [DOD] employees…around the world to do their jobs without jumping through unnecessary hoops.”
Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“It’s not right to nickel-and-dime these folks or undermine their ability to get decent lodging,” Kilmer said. “Our bipartisan legislation would ensure that we can lighten the load on these men and women operating on behalf of our nation’s security,” he added.